Finally the day has come to see the Terracotta Warriors. The hotel advised us to negotiate a rate with a taxi for the day for RMB350 to go to the East of Xian. We set off at 1000 and arrived soon after 1100. The driver recommended a guide who unfortunately was not qualified or good and charged RMB40, we later found that official guides charged RMB20. However, I was still so exciting to enter Pit 1 and ran up to the ledge to see the warriors.
Finally, to see them in real. It doesn't disappoint and we even saw the man who dug the well and discovered the statues. He was selling a book on the warriors and signing them.
其他消費: Guide 20-40RMB
It is said that Xian is the most famous place to have dumpling banquets and this is one of the most recommended restaurants. The ground floor only serves one type of dumplings and other cooked dishes, so make sure you go to the second floor which serves many types of dumpling banquets. We chose the most basic set with 17 types of dumplings and 4 cold dishes. We thought that would be more than enough for us.
We started off with 4 cold starters. I really liked the raw walnuts with green bamboo as it was refreshing. There was a beef tendon dish which was OK but I didn't like a sour shredded vegetable with mustard dressing or the green vegetables mixed with minced garlic. I think minced garlic always ruins the taste of the vegetables.
The dumplings were mainly steamed with different fillings, shapes and tastes. Pork, vegetables, crab, tomato, spicy, pumpkin, mixed and to be honest, can't remember which was which. Then there was a small pot of soup where they heat up the smallest dumplings in front of you, this is meant to be dumpling made to impress the empress who wanted something special way back in history. To end up, there is a baked sweet dumpling and a fried dumpling followed by fresh foods. There is too much food for a meal, so it's better to go for dinner. We also ordered a jug of soy milk which was a bit bland and lacked bean taste.
I think this meal is a wonderful experience. You should try it.
推介菜式: The dumpling banquet
每人消費: 約100人民幣元 (晚餐)